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Chile's Lake District

The region south of the Bio bío River, more or less up to Puerto Montt, is generally referred to as the Lake District.

It's a fairy-tale land of emerald forests, white-capped volcanoes, frothing waterfalls, and lush, rolling hills dashed out with dozens if not hundreds of lakes, lagoons and (hot)-springs that give the region its name.

It is one of the most popular destinations in Chile for its beauty as well as for its multitude of possible outdoor activities and other distractions more reminiscent of city life.

Destinations within the Lake District include:
Chiloe Island | Pucon | Villarrica | Lican Ray | Temuco | Valdivia | Puerto Fuy | Puerto Montt | Puerta Varas.

Places in the Lakes Region

The Isla Grande of Chiloé is South America's largest island and among its most striking cultural anomalies. Divided by the gentle peaks of the Coastal Range, Chiloé's eastern and western coasts are two worlds apart. To the west is a wilderness of endless beaches, dune habitat, and temperate rainforests, much of it protected in one of Chile's most forgotten national parks.

Pucón (Rafting, Skiing, Trekking, Outdoors, Hotels)
Your adventure begins in Pucón, a small city located right next to lake Villarrica and at the foot of the live Volcano Villarrica. From here you can raft in the rivers, enjoy a relaxing day in the hot springs, go skiing (in season) and experience many other outdoor activities.

Villarrica (lake Villarrica, outdoor activities, bed and breakfast with lake view)
Villarrica Chile is located along the shore of the beautiful lake of Lake Villarrica.  Across the lake you can see the snow covered top of the Volcano Villarrica.  From here you can enjoy the beautiful view of the landscape and all that nature and the outdoors has to offer you.  You can go skiing, rafting, horseback riding, fishing, bathe in the hot springs, swimming, camping and hiking in the national parks and much more.(top)

Lican Ray
Apply named "Rock Flower" in the Mapuche Language, Lican Ray is a rustic and tranquil small town on the shores of the Calafquen Lake.
The town itself provides all the modern basic necessities, but does so in its own style and pace.
It prides itself on its dark volcanic sand beaches, Play Grande which is more suitable for bathing and Playa Chica which, with its small jetty, provides boat services including fishing outings..

Temuco (lake district connection, tourist information, rent a car)
Temuco is said by many to be the gateway to the lake district. Rent a car here and take off for the lakes. Spend some time on the beaches, fishing, hiking in the woods, rafting and more.

Puerto Fuy (farm holiday, Trekking, hotel, tourist information, fishing)
The small town of Puerto Fuy is located on the majestic Lake Pirehueico and features beautiful scenery and an extensive beach.
It is also the embarcation point for the Hua Hum ferry to Puerto Pirihueico where you can continue by road to Argentina (San Martin de los Andes)

Valdivia (farm holiday, Trekking, hotel, tourist information, fishing)
Valdivia is a great small city on the edge of a river. There are cruise boats that can take you on day cruise to the Island and to some Spanish forts.  There is lots of Spanish history here. See live reenactments at the forts of the Spanish fighting there enemies.

Puerto Montt (seafood, day adventure trips, bed and breakfast, cruise connections,rent a car)
Puerto Montt is situated on the Bay of Puerto Montt. Puerto Montt is protected on the west side by the Island of Tenglo. You can cross from the main land to the island in a row boat for about 50 cents. On the Island you can hike to the cross at the top of the hill and see the deep blue bay, the city of Puerto Montt and several beautiful snow covered volcanos. You can take a boat ride through the Tenglo Canal which lies between the island and the main land.  Puerto Montt is the beginning point to many of the cruises that take you to southern Chile.  Puerto Montt is a good place to base yourself when in this part of Chile.

Puerto Varas (lake, hotel, horseback, waterfalls, tourist information)
Some say if you had to choose one city to visit in Chile, Puerto Varas, Chile would be that city. Puerto Varas is right on one of the biggest lakes in Chile. Across the deep blue water you can see two snow capped volcanos reflecting there beauty into the lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas is a small town that you can walk around in just a short time. From Puerto Varas you can get tours to take you to all the great sights in the area. Not only is Puerto Varas a central place to be based in this part of Chile but it is also a beautiful place just to enjoy the shops, restaurants, etc. and relax and recharge your batteries.

Package tours that visit the area.

Santiago And The Andean Circuit EKA 009
06 days / 05 nights

Visit the following places along the Andean circuit.
In Chile: Santiago, Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas and Peulla
In Argentina: Laguna Frias, Puerto Panuelo and Bariloche.

The Great Andean Circuit EKA 010
12 days / 11 nights

Visit the following places along this extended Andean circuit.
In Chile: Santiago, Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas and Peulla In Argentina: Laguna Frias, Puerto Pañuelo and Bariloche and Buenos Aires

Mini Santiago, Lakes and Volcanoes EKA 014
08 days / 07 nights

Discover Santiago, Vina del Mar and Valparaiso in central chile and then on to Chile's lakes region where you can also observe volcanoes.

Santiago, Lakes and Volcanoes - Air EKA 012
11 days / 10 nights

Visit Santiago, Vina del Mar, Valparaiso then south to Puerto Montt / Puerto Varas, frutillar, Chiloe and a final view of the Puyehue Hot Springs before returning to Santiago

Basic Rapa Nui / Eastern Island EKA 047
08 days / 07 nights

Discover Rapa Nui (Easter island) it's beauty, history and people.
Visit the quarry where the Muai were cut, the caves of Ana Te Pahu, the crator lake and ceremonial places.

Discovering Pucon EKA 016
08 days / 07 nights

Discover Pucon, its surrounding area and the nearby town Valdivia.
Visit the hotsprings get up close with a volcanoe and enjoy views of the lake.

Charming Chile EKA 071
12 days / 11 nights

This tour will lead you through the highlights of southern Chile, from the lakes region to the southern tip of Patagonia.
Enjoy the sights of Volcanoes, Glaciers, rapids, Waterfalls, the towers of Paine and much more. Cities: Santiago - Puerto varas - Puerto Montt - Frutillar - Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas

map of Chile's Lakes Region

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